The Greater Manchester region of Bury is dotted with picturesque towns, many of which hide some absolute gems when it comes to good food and fine dining. Ramsbottom’s best kept secret for Italian cuisine is undoubtedly Venetian Hideaway, located in the heart of the town along Market Place. Here, evocative decor, impeccable hospitality and, more importantly, authentic Italian dishes poach the charm of Venice and deliver it to Britain’s north. Reserving a table here is like booking a culinary holiday on your doorstep.
Chicchetti are a kind of Italian equivalent of Spanish tapas. It is these snackable side dishes – that in combination can become a meal in themselves – that Ramsbottom’s Venetian Hideaway specialise in, offering an experience suggestive of leisurely hours spent on a Venetian piazza at an down-home osteria, sampling fine wine and good food. You are in fact sitting down Market Place, but with The Venetian (as it’s known to locals) taking the best of local produce, meat and fish, and judicious imports of authentic Italian fare, head chef Marco Pellegrino has curated an incredible selection of typically Italian delicacies that you’d be hard pressed to find at other Italian restaurants in Bury or the Manchester region.
Taking a seat at Venetian Hideaway’s cosy restaurant down Market Place sets the mood for this lesser known mode of Italian dining, what this Ramsbottom Italian restaurant likes to call the cicchetti way, where quality trumps quantity, where a sublime meal can be had simply by ordering between three and five of the smaller dishes on offer. Sumptuous sharing platters kick things off, with beautifully presented displays of meat, cheese, and seafood for the table. Classic Italian salads like the bresaola and montanara inject some green into the proceedings before diners indulge in modestly sized but deliciously prepared antipasti, bruschetta, pizza, pasta and risotto. Head chef Marco’s meatballs with the option of a truffled white cream sauce are divine, while the fennel sausage cime di rapa is another highlight. Already a destination for heritage and food tourism, Bury is spoiled for choice when it comes to good eateries, drawing curious gastronomes from the Manchester region and beyond. With its somewhat exotic concept and edroit execution, Venetian Hideaway deserves to become a destination.
Great food well prepared, amazing carbonara and delicious pizza. Lovely Friendly service, attentive but not rushed or over the top and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
It was our 1st visit and it won't be the last. The flavours were wonderful and not what I would do at home. There was a large variety of food which will tempt us back again and again. The fried courgettes looked very tempting. Service was good and not rushed. Excellent.
The food was amazing!!! The staff are so funny, relaxed and accommodating. Good value for money as the portions are large for a tapas restaurant
As always great food and wonderful wines, the service is attentive without being over bearing. We are all looking forward to going back soon. 10/10.
We really enjoyed the whole experience of The Venetian. Food was really tasty. Quick and friendly service. The steps down were a bit tricky to two of our party. Also a little noisy. The live music was very good but it meant that the customers got louder. We will gladly recommend The Venetian to future visitors. Thank you.
First time at this ambient restaurant. The atmosphere was wonderful, a really chilled (in a good way!) vibe, the staff were super friendly but professional, helpful and informative. We felt very comfortable and could've stayed until closing! The food was fantastic, served tapas style (cicchetti) a great way to enjoy my first experience of Venetian culture! Wonderful flavours and perfect portion sizes. The spicy King Prawns were my favourite. Excellent value for money. We truly are looking forward to our next visit, we live around the corner and can't believe it took us until now to try The Venetian Hideaway!!!
I have Eaten at the Venetian many times but on this ocassion I brought my family (9). The 'cellar' is a great room to socialise whilst eating at the big round table and perfect for sharing the platters and tapas dishes and of course the wonderful fresh pizzas. Food was delicious, service and attention from Paulo and his staff was excellent and we felt just like we were on our holidays..... In Italy of course.
Interesting approach. A bit like an Italian tapas bar. Difficult to know how many dishes to order, I had too many and was not able to eat a sweet! Will be wiser next time. The food was excellent, well cooked and presented. The service was friendly and competent. Would certainly recommend this Hideway and feel sure it will be enjoyed. The music was a bit loud but enjoyable choice of easy listening.
Shame really because the food couldn't have been better, but the service was not good at all. On arrival at the time of our booking, we were told to 'go downstairs and sit down', which we did, only to be told more than 5 minutes later that we'd sat at the wrong table! Maybe if they'd bothered to walk downstairs with us, that wouldn't have happened? Our waitress was completely clueless and then our main course came out two minutes after we'd started on our starter so we had every dish on the table at once! A real let down as the food is amazing and the prices totally reasonable. Don't think we'll be going back.
Absolutely fantastic night in this real little find in ramsbottom. The food was simply delicious and presented really well. The atmosphere was vibrant and really added to our night. It's not the cheapest of restaurants, but when the food was as good as this, you don't mind paying for the quality. Can't wait to return, very soon!